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Oklahoma junior RB Keith Ford has been suspended for academic and team rules violations.

As a sophomore, Ford started three games and totaled 369 yards and five touchdowns in eight games. Samaje Perine, who broke the FBS single game rushing record, should enter the season as Oklahoma's top tailback.
Mar 30 - 12:58 PM

Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham is scheduled to visit the Vikings, according to Darren Wolfson.

There are many different layers of "troubled," and just like "character concerns" the term sits on a spectrum. Many teams likely feel DGB fits in both categories, but Mike Zimmer took on "red flag" players while with the Vikings. It is difficult to project where Green-Beckham is drafted, but expect him to not make it out of the second-round.
Mar 30 - 10:42 AM

Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score disappointingly ranks WR Dorial Green-Beckham as the No. 13 receiver in the class and offers Jonathan Baldwin and Yatil Green as similar historical prospects.

We'll allow FO's Nathan Forster to explain. "Playmaker Score sometimes has trouble with players like Green-Beckham, who had limited college action and thus are less likely to produce a sample size sufficiently meaningful to forecast their futures," Forster wrote. "However, Green-Beckham was not particularly impressive in either of his two seasons of college football." Indeed, DGB had only had only 883 receiving yards during his sophomore season, the most productive of his two campaigns, even though Missouri passed 414 times that year. As Forster pointed out, L'Damian Washington (893 yards) was actually the team's No. 1 receiver that year: "In contrast to Green-Beckham's high draft grade this year, Washington went undrafted in 2014 and has been kicking around various practice squads. Granted, Washington didn't run a 4.49 40-yard dash at 6-5, 237 pounds, but the point is that Green-Beckham's lack of elite production is a red flag in our model."
Mar 29 - 6:39 PM

Missouri HC Gary Pinkel called former Tiger WR Dorial Green-Beckham "a pretty good kid that made a very, very serious mistake."

"I just want to make sure (NFL teams) understand this is a pretty good kid that made a very, very serious mistake," Pinkel said. "He needed some help with some things. ... He's a good kid with a good heart. He made a very, very serious mistake. He'll learn from it and hopefully it's going to help him out." At the school's pro day on Thursday, Pinkel told the media he's been giving NFL personnel executives positive feedback about Green-Beckham. DGB was kicked off the Missouri team after two marijuana-related suspensions and a burglary investigation and pushing a woman down a staircase.
Mar 20 - 1:26 PM

Oklahoma DT Jordan Phillips "is a force to be reckoned with" when healthy, notes Nick O'Malley of Mass Live.

"He moved well at the nose, given his mammoth frame," O'Malley wrote. "When Phillips is on, teams were forced to double team him, and were punished when they didn't." Of course, the analyst noticed what others have before him, that Phillips has "a tendency to vanish on film." The scribe believes Phillips could appeal to the Patriots as a long-term replacement for Vince Wilfork. In that scenario, Phillips probably would spend a year learning behind short-term starters Alan Branch and Sealver Siliga. The Patriots pick No. 32.
Mar 19 - 7:26 PM

Oklahoma DT Jordan Phillips visited the Lions on Tuesday.

"I’m very versatile," Phillips told detroitlions.com. "It’s just really whatever the team sees fit for me. I can do anything." Some view Phillips as a first-round prospect and that he fits the idea of "planet theory," prospects of hat some with movement skills come along so irregularly that they are worth investing in. He flashes, but we have concerns about Phillips sustaining success.
Mar 18 - 11:42 AM

Prior to trading their first-round pick in the Jimmy Graham deal, the Seahawks were "digging into" Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham, according to Charles Robinson.

"If he slides to second-round, watch Seattle," Robinson tweeted. It is impossible to predict DGB's landing spot due to multiple off-field issues, but the idea of "culture" and landing spot will have a major impact on a team's decision. DGB fits Seattle's need at the position of receivers who can win contested, and we think there is a chance he is available in the second round.
Mar 17 - 11:07 AM

Oklahoma NT Jordan Phillips "is a very huge roll of the dice," according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"He can be a very bad man on the football field, and define that any way you want," Cooney wrote. "This enormous athlete can show great strength, quick feet, violent hands and the ability to drop low and use up two blockers almost with ease. But just as often, Phillips gave little or no effort in college." Phillips had mediocre production last season, turning in 39 tackles, seven for a loss and two sacks. Back surgery limited him to four games in 2013. Cooney believes he should have returned to school: "Phillips needed at least one of his two remaining college seasons to gain maturity. Classic boom or bust prospect who will be drafted on projection, not production."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 16 - 2:28 AM

Oklahoma NT Jordan Phillips' "motor runs hot and cold, and his effort chasing the passer in particular is disappointing at times, but the 6-5, 329-pound Phillips could still go in the second half of the first round," according to ESPN's Steve Muench.

"He has the upper body strength and length to lock out and manhandle blockers one-on-one," Muench wrote. "Plus, he has flashed the ability to collapse the pocket and make it difficult for quarterbacks to step up when he keeps his pads down and fires off the ball. Even though he doesn't play with great pad level -- thanks in part to his higher center of gravity -- and he needs to improve his technique taking on double-teams, he has the tools to develop into an effective two-gapper." The analyst went on to write that Phillips could also play 4-3 nose tackle. Muench thinks Phillips will intrigue the Lions, but wonders if "they may not want to draft another player with work ethic concerns coming out of college like the inconsistent [Nick] Fairley had coming out of Auburn in 2011."
Mar 15 - 7:27 PM

Oklahoma TE Blake Bell had dinner with the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles this week.

He has scheduled workouts with the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons. At Wednesday's pro day, Bell improved his combine showing on the bench press from 14 to 18 reps. He stood on the rest of his numbers. The 6-foot-6, 259-pound Bell drew comparisons to Lions tight end Joseph Fauria at the Shrine Bowl, according to the Sporting News' Chris Kouffman.
Mar 12 - 10:42 PM

Oklahoma OTs Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams met with the Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Rams this week.

The pair, as in college, is doing everything together. They met together with the Vikings on Wednesday. Both prospects carry second-round grades. The 6-foot-5, 336-pound Thompson, who was shelved during the 40-yard portion of the combine due to a foot injury, clocked a 5.40 at Tuesday's pro day.
Mar 12 - 5:52 PM

With Oklahoma CB Julian Wilson's "size and speed," he is an "intriguing late round option," according to CBS Sports Dane Brugler.

"Cornerback Julian Wilson, who looks the part at 6-2 and 205 pounds, ran a disappointing 40-yard dash (4.58) at the NFL Combine, but improved that number at the Sooners' pro day, running in the 4.44-4.49 range. With his size and speed, Wilson is an intriguing late round option, fitting the mold of what teams like the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers seek at the position," Brugler wrote. While Wilson may have the ideal size and speed at the next level for the position, he'll have to improve in coverage, to be effective. The Oklahoma prospect could be seen as a potential project at safety, as he did have some experience at the position as a Sooner.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 12 - 3:07 PM

Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham "will need some time to develop on the practice field before he can become an impact playmaker as a pro," according to NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks.

The reality is, Green-Beckham has not played in the last year, and he'll need some time to get back to true form. The raw but talented prospect had an impressive outing in front of evaluators at the combine, and "displayed enough humility to alter the perception of his character flaws," Brooks added.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 12 - 2:31 PM

The Vikings met with Oklahoma OTs Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams on Tuesday.

Either would be nice as a developmental investment in Round 2, perhaps kicking inside to guard for a season as the Purple milks another year out of RT Phil Loadholt and decides if LT Matt Kalil can hack it long-term as an above-average starter. Loadholt, who ended 2014 on injured reserve with a torn pectoral, is also a former Sooner.
Mar 11 - 2:07 PM

Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham will work out for scouts at the school's March 11 pro day.

The 6-foot-5, 237-pound Green-Beckham ran a 4.49 forty at the combine. "Along with seeing him run the full route tree and catch the ball, NFL teams are eager to see his interaction with the coaches and how he carries himself," noted CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. "Green-Beckham's talent isn't a question, but his reliability is and the receiver could help himself considerably by simply being on time, hustling and following through with every drill asked of him. The sky is the limit, but it's up to DGB to sell himself as a sound investment." Scouts figure to see the absolute best version of Green-Beckham on Wednesday. His behavior that day is a talking point, but it shouldn't be factored into his evaluation. Remember the last big job interview you had? Did you act better or worse than you do in normal life? Was that version of yourself indicative of anything outside of a good faith effort to show you were seriously interested in working that job?
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 9 - 9:40 PM


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